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Arena Football Hall of Fame Special to Air on CBS Sports Network

Monday April 1, 2013

 Hall of Fame Game to Air Following Network Golf Coverage

CHICAGO – CBS Sports Network will produce and broadcast an Arena Football Hall of Fame television special, the NET10 Wireless Arena Football League announced today. The 30-minute program will feature each member of the 2012 Arena Football Hall of Fame Class along with showcasing the birth and history of the Arena Football Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on Friday, April 12 in Des Moines, IA and will play a prominent role within the television special.

The Week 4 “NET10 Wireless Arena Football Saturday” contest between the Iowa Barnstormers and Philadelphia Soul will kickoff at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 13 and will air on CBS Sports Network immediately following the Network’s golf coverage. In addition, the game will be replayed several times during the following week.

“We appreciate that CBS Sports Network values our Hall of Fame at a high enough level to produce a television special around it,” AFL Commissioner Jerry B. Kurz said. “While our Week 4 contest will not air live, we are excited by the additional resources that our television partner is making available to us so that we can give this hallowed event its due.”

The 2012 Arena Football Hall of Fame Class includes: QB SHERDRICK BONNER, voted the Greatest Quarterback in AFL History by the Silver Anniversary Committee in 2012; HC MIKE DAILEY, a two-time ArenaBowl champion coach (XIII, XIX); QB CLINT DOLEZEL, a three-time All-Arena selection and a passing leader of the AFL for four years; WR/DB RANDY GATEWOOD, a six-time All-Arena selection and three-time All-Ironman selection; current Iowa Barnstormers HC MIKE HOHENSEE, who won ArenaBowl XX as the Chicago Rush Head Coach and owns the third spot in AFL history for most regular season wins, FOUNDING PARTNER WILLIAM NIRO, one of the original founders of the AFL.

About the AFL
Since its inception in 1987, the Arena Football League has showcased their fast-paced and exciting game to millions of fans in a myriad of markets across the country. CBS Sports Network will broadcast an AFL National Game of the Week on Saturday nights for the entire regular season and postseason through the semifinal round. The ArenaBowl XXVI Championship Game will air on the CBS Television Network on August 17, 2013.

About CBS Sports Network
CBS Sports Network is the 24-hour cable home of CBS Sports. The Network covers more than 350 live games annually, showcasing more than 30 men’s and women’s sports, in addition to a variety of studio shows, documentaries and original programs. CBS Sports Network’s live programming is highlighted by college sports and also features professional lacrosse, the Arena Football League (AFL), Professional Bull Riding (PBR), the sports news and commentary shows ROME and LEAD OFF, the weekly studio show NFL Monday QB and the Tim Brando Show. CBS Sports Network is available across the country through local cable, video and telco providers and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 613 and Dish Network Channel 158. For more information, and to access the CBS Sports Network channel finder, go to www.cbssportsnetwork.com.